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Build a better world by reading this summer

Post Date:05/18/2017 10:00 AM


Keep the entire family connected this summer by signing up for the Tempe Public Library’s Summer Reading program. This year’s theme is all about building a better world by taking care of our planet, ourselves and each other. Readers of all ages can earn points, enter drawings and earn badges while keeping those summer minds sharp and entertained. Summer Reading begins June 1 and goes through August 1. Here are just a few of the ways to take part:

Totally Tempe Tuesdays

Totally Tempe Tuesdays, which take place every Tuesday in June and July from 2-4 p.m., has incredible themes this year including reuse and recycling, Minecraft crafting and a visit from Tempe’s K-9 unit. 

Reading for all ages

Younger readers can participate in Reading Sprouts, Book Buzz or Code Club. Teen readers can dabble in several writing classes including poetry, comics and fan fiction. Adult readers can find the perfect book club or check out a writing class. 

Important dates

Saturday, June 3 - Summer Reading Kick-Off Party, 10 a.m. to noon on the lower level of the library. Guests can sign up for Summer Reading and enjoy booths, face-painting, Taiko drums and more.

Tuesday, June 20 – Special appearance by Mayor Mark Mitchell, 1:30 p.m.

Mayor Mitchell will read to students and hand out goodies from the Fresh Express bus.

Why read during the summer?

  • Reading can help kids avoid the "Summer Slide".
  • Reading is relaxing, engaging, entertaining and builds a lifelong positive habit.
  • Reading can connect the whole family in a shared summer experience.
  • Participants can win prizes, earn points, badges and more.  

For more information, a full event list and program descriptions, visit

As a reminder, the library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 and there will be no Summer Reading events on that day.